Dr. Worthen has two overlapping main areas of research: LGBTQ stigma and gender, LGBTQ identities, and crime. She is also particularly interested in addressing and eliminating LGBTQ negativity and encouraging active dialogues about consent.

LGBTQ Stigma

Selected Publications:

Worthen, Meredith G. F. (Under contract, forthcoming in 2019). Queers, Bis, and Straight Lies: An Intersectional Examination of LGBTQ Stigma. New York: Routledge.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2018. “All the Gays Are Liberal?” Sexuality and Gender Gaps in Political Perspectives among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Mostly Heterosexual, and Heterosexual College Students in the Southern USA.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, *Findings discussed in LGBTQ Nation , Georgia Voice, Bisexual.org, and  Pink News

Worthen, Meredith G. F., Annalisa Tanzilli, Chiara Caristo, and Vittorio Lingiardi. 2018. “Social Contact, Social Distancing, and Attitudes toward LGT Individuals: A Cross-Cultural Study of Heterosexual College Students in the United States, Italy, and Spain.Journal of Homosexuality

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2018. ““Gay Equals White?” Racial, Ethnic, and Sexual Identities and Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals Among College Students.”  Journal of Sex Research 55(8):995-1011.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2018. “Transgender Under Fire: Hetero-cis-normativity and Military Students’ Attitudes Toward Trans Issues and Trans Service Members Post DADT.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy

Worthen, Meredith G. F., Vittorio Lingiardi, and Chiara Caristo. 2017. “The Roles of Politics, Feminism, and Religion in Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals: A Cross-Cultural Study of College Students in the United States, Italy, and Spain.” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 14(3):241-258.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2016. Sexual Deviance and Society: A Sociological Examination. London: Routledge.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2016. “Hetero-cis-normativity and the Gendering of Transphobia.” International Journal of Transgenderism 17(1):31-57.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. and S. Abby Baker. 2016. “Pushing Up on the Glass Ceiling of Female Muscularity: Women’s Bodybuilding as Edgework.” Deviant Behavior 37(5):471-495.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. and Danielle Dirks. 2015. “Gender and Deviance.” Chapter 16: Pp. 277-297 in Handbook of Deviance, edited by Erich Goode. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell Press.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2014. “The Cultural Significance of Homophobia on Heterosexual Women’s Gendered Experiences in the United States: A Commentary.” Sex Roles 71:141-151.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2014. “Blaming the Jocks and the Greeks? Identifying the Underlying Constructs of Collegiate Athletes’ and Fraternity/Sorority Members’ Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals.” Journal of College Student Development 55(2):168-195.

Worthen, Meredith, G.F. 2014. “The Interactive Impacts of High School Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) on College Student Attitudes Toward LGBT Individuals: An Investigation of High School Characteristics.” Journal of Homosexuality 61(2): 217-250.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2014. “An Invitation to Use Craigslist Ads to Recruit Respondents for Qualitative Interviews.” Qualitative Research 14(3):371-383.

Haltom, Trenton and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2014. “Male Ballet Dancers and Heteromasculinity.” Journal of College Student Development 55(8):757-778. *Findings discussed in The Telegraph

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2013. “An Argument for Separate Analyses of Attitudes toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Men, Bisexual Women, MtF and FtM Transgender Individuals.” Sex Roles: A Journal of Research 68(11/12):703-723.
This manuscript was featured in a special issue of Sex Roles. Warner and Shields (2013) describe the special issue in their introductory piece: “The Intersections of Sexuality, Gender, and Race: Identity Research at the Crossroads.”

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Understanding College Student Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals.” Sociological Focus 45(4):285-305.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Heterosexual College Student Sexual Experiences, Feminist Identity, and Attitudes toward LGBT Individuals.” Journal of LGBT Youth 9(2): 77-11.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2011. “College Student Experiences with an LGBTQ Ally Training Program: A Mixed Methods Study at a University in the Southern United States.”  Journal of LGBT Youth 8(4): 332-377.

Gender, LGBTQ Identities, and Crime

Selected Publications:

Jones, Melissa S., Meredith G. F. Worthen, Susan F. Sharp, and David A. McLeod. 2018. “Life as She Knows it: The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Intimate Partner Violence Among Women Prisoners.” Child Abuse & Neglect 85:68-79.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. and Samantha A. Wallace. 2018. ““Why Should I, the One Who Was Raped, Be Forced to Take Training in What Sexual Assault Is?” Sexual Assault Survivors’ and Those Who Know Survivors’ Responses to a Campus Sexual Assault Education Program.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Jones, Melissa S., Meredith G. F. Worthen, Susan F. Sharp, and David A. McLeod. 2018. “Bruised Inside Out: The Adverse and Abusive Life Histories of Incarcerated Women as Pathways to PTSD and Illicit Drug Use.” Justice Quarterly 35(6):1004-1029.

Jones, Melissa S., Susan F. Sharp, and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2018. “Broken Hearts and Battered Lives: Adverse and Abusive Life Histories and Externalized Responses to Anger as Pathways to Illicit Drug Use Among Incarcerated Women” Women & Criminal Justice 28(3):167-188.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2017. “Rape Myth Acceptance among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Mostly Heterosexual College Students.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Button, Deeanna and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2017. “Applying a General Strain Theory Framework to Understand School Weapon Carrying among LGBQ and Heterosexual Youth.”  Criminology 55(4):806-832.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. and Samantha A. Wallace. 2017. “Intersectionality and Perceptions about Sexual Assault Education and Reporting on College Campuses.” Family Relations 66(1):180-196.

Button, Deeanna and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2014. “General Strain Theory for LGBQ and SSB Youth: The Importance of Intersectionality in the Future of Feminist Criminology.” Feminist Criminology, 30th Anniversary of the Division on Women & Crime Special Issue 9(4):270-297.

Worthen, Meredith G. F., Forrest Rodgers and Susan F. Sharp. 2014. “Expanding the Spectrum of Attitudes toward the Death Penalty: How Non-Dichotomous Response Options Affect our Understandings of Death Penalty Attitudes.” Criminal Justice Review 39(2):160-181.

Chapple, Constance, Jamie Vaske, and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2014. “Gender Differences in Associations with Deviant Peer Groups: Examining Individual, Interactional, and Compositional Factors.” Deviant Behavior 35:394-411.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Gender Differences in Delinquent Involvement: An Exploration of the Interactive Effects of Friend Bonding and Friend Delinquency.” Sociological Focus 45(2):103-124

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2012. “Gender Differences in Delinquency in Early, Middle and Late Adolescence: An Exploration of Parent and Friend Relationships.” Deviant Behavior 33(4):282-307.

Worthen, Meredith G. F., Susan F. Sharp, and Forrest Rodgers. 2012, “Gay and Lesbian Individuals’ Attitudes toward the Death Penalty: An Exploratory Study of the Roles of Empathic Concern and Political Beliefs.” Criminal Justice Review 37(2): 239-261.

Worthen, Meredith G. F. 2011. “Gender Differences in Parent-Child Bonding: Implications for Understanding the Gender Gap in Delinquency.” Journal of Crime & Justice 34(1):3-23.

Hamilton, Melissa and Meredith G. F. Worthen. 2011. “Sex Disparities in Arrest Outcomes for Domestic Violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 26(8):1559-1578.

Citations

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